Austrian Airlines has commenced the primary trials for using rapid Covid-19 antigen tests in close cooperation with Vienna Airport.In the initial phase, all passengers on flight OS 229 to Berlin will have the chance to require such a rapid test before departure within the period October 23 – November 8, 2020, initially. The tests are freed from charge and are administered on a voluntary basis. For this purpose, Vienna Airport has found out a testing centre within the check-in area of Terminal 3.
After taking the test, passengers will receive their results within 10-15 minutes, either via SMS or, upon request, after personal inquiry. The boarding pass is merely activated if the test results are negative, enabling the passenger to realize entry to the safety area AND circuit . If the test results are positive, the affected passenger are going to be taken care of by the airport medical service so as to completely clarify the individual’s medical condition.
Further steps are going to be specified with the responsible health authorities. during this case, the passenger are going to be ready to rebook or cancel his or her Austrian Airlines flight freed from charge.The large number of travel restrictions have made it difficult for airports and airlines to make sure stable flight operations within the past few months. For this reason, in cooperation with Vienna Airport, Austrian Airlines has defined the goal of showing how one can integrate rapid testing into the passenger’s travel chain.
The Lufthansa Group is functioning with partners on processes enabling intercontinental mobility and therefore the freedom to travel, also during the coronavirus pandemic, while maintaining health protection. The findings derived from test operations in Vienna are going to be integrated into the general project being implemented by the Lufthansa Group.
If the trial runs become well established, the tests might be offered on a bigger scale. Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of the airport operating company Flughafen Wien AG, adds: “The entire tourism and travel industry urgently needs future-proof solutions to urge out of the crisis. Rapid antigen tests provide a fast result and may be integrated into the operational process of aviation .Nationwide use at airports and by airlines within the framework of a Europe-wide uniform testing regime could enable the liberty of travel for passengers, which is vital for economy and tourism“.
Aviation State Secretary Magnus Brunner welcomes the pilot program : “The pilot project allows us to venture a glance into the near future and, above all, to demonstrate the feasibility of the required processes. this may enable antigen tests to be used as soon as possible, provided they're of the specified quality in terms of sensitivity and specificity. during this way, we are taking a step towards ‘new normality’ so as to offer our social life and economy a corresponding boost.“Information on the testing programme available before departure
Passengers are going to be informed about the testing possibility before departure via a preflight e-mail and check-in invitation. at the present time, the rapid Covid-19 antigen test doesn't replace the PCR tests mandated by health authorities. this suggests that each one passengers must still adhere to local entry regulations.The obligation to wear masks onboard Austrian Airlines flights also as at airports remains effective , with the exception of youngsters under the age of six and passengers who can present the acceptable medical declaration also as a negative PCR test (with the results not older than 48 hours).
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